Tootoo’s problems really are personal

It’s not particularly fair for social media to condemn Tootoo before any evidence he did something wrong

Tootoo’s problems really are personalGeorge Clooney, of all people, said it best: “I don't like to share my personal life. It wouldn't be personal if I shared it.” Personally, I’d have to agree with that. Up here in Trudeaustan, delineating what is personal and what is public has again become the stuff of newspaper opinion columns and Ottawa water…

Something changed for the Liberals the night of ‘elbowgate’

When the prime minister intentionally grabbed and yanked the Conservative whip, it met the Criminal Code definition of assault

Something changed for the Liberals the night of ‘elbowgate’On the night in question, I was at an event in Toronto honouring Sen. Murray Sinclair. As it was getting underway, I received a text message from one of the members of Parliament who had been at the very centre of it all. “He should not have been out of his seat,” the text said.…

Liberals’ electoral reform would stack the deck in their favour

The aim of the Liberals' proposed shift to preferential balloting is a simple power grab aimed to keep them in power for years to come

Liberals’ electoral reform would stack the deck in their favourPrime Minister Justin Trudeau wants to change Canada’s voting system to make it more democratic and representative of the people’s views. Unfortunately, the Liberals’ preferred electoral reform model isn’t representative of either value. Let me explain why. Canada uses a first-past-the-post system (FPTP) for federal elections. The political candidate who finishes first in a riding…

A cautionary tale for political advisers

It happens all the time. A senior staffer blows into town on the wings of someone else’s election victory and starts to believe they deserve all the credit

A cautionary tale for political advisersMeet Ben Rhodes, Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications to the President of the United States of America. Or, as he was recently described in a headline in Foreign Policy magazine, an asshole. That’s a quote. “Asshole.” Foreign Policy – that most revered and reserved of publications, the sine qua non of the U.S. diplomatic and bureaucratic classes, used the…

University of Calgary blind to conflict of interest

Everything the administration has done has been damage control

University of Calgary blind to conflict of interestInteresting times have returned to the University of Calgary in a very negative way. The unsatisfactory nature of student experiences at the university is exemplified by the dispute between the Students’ Union (SU) and the Administration over the ownership of MacEwan Hall, “a central focus for student life on campus,” as Board of Governors Chair…
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